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DUI Charges Filed After High Speed Crash
Meshoppen firefighters were first to respond to a Wyoming County 911 dispatch call Saturday morning, Sept. 11, at 2:12 a.m. to what was at first believed to be a rescue, but surprisingly ended with a 1993 Honda Accord EX on the creek's embankment, and the driver, along with his passenger walking away from the scene.
Craig E. Freeman of Maine, NY, operator of the vehicle, is reported to have been traveling in excess of 100 MPH when he failed to negotiate a turn and lost control. Freeman's vehicle first began to slide on Rt. 267 and continued for 117 feet before striking a guide rail. The Honda rode the guide rail 42 feet along Meshoppen's Canal Street, then traveled past the Meshoppen ball field entrance before striking another guide rail.
Police report the vehicle then became airborne and traveled 120 feet, over the Meshoppen bridge and creek. After its landing, the vehicle again went airborne, flying 31 additional feet before coming to rest between two trees.
Witnesses' failed attempts to open the vehicle's doors led to frustration, and they eventually kicked the windshield out for the couple's escape.
Corporal Roberts of Tunkhannock Borough Police Department discovered the couple walking after Weaver and his passenger, Alta Marie Weaver, refused the requests of Meshoppen firefighters to remain on the scene.
Chief John Krieg of the Meshoppen Borough Police Department arrested the driver for DUI, with additional charges pending completion of his investigation.
In addition to firefighters, the Laceyville Ambulance, Tyler 601 and the Wyoming County Dive Rescue Team assisted at the scene.